The Butcher Book Review

Disclosure:  I participated in this post on behalf of Simon & Schuster, who provided product in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

The Butcher
  Written by Jennifer Hillier
  Hardcover, 352 Pages
  July 2014, $25

A rash of grisly serial murders plagued Seattle until the infamous “Beacon Hill Butcher” was finally hunted down and killed by police chief Edward Shank in 1985. Now, some thirty years later, Shank, retired and widowed, is giving up his large rambling Victorian house to his grandson Matt, whom he helped raise.

Settling back into his childhood home and doing some renovations in the backyard to make the house feel like his own, Matt, a young up-and-coming chef and restaurateur, stumbles upon a locked crate he’s never seen before. Curious, he picks the padlock and makes a discovery so gruesome it will forever haunt him… Faced with this deep dark family secret, Matt must decide whether to keep what he knows buried in the past, go to the police, or take matters into his own hands.

Meanwhile Matt’s girlfriend, Sam, has always suspected that her mother was murdered by the Beacon Hill Butcher—two years after the supposed Butcher was gunned down. As she pursues leads that will prove her right, Sam heads right into the path of Matt’s terrible secret.

Jennifer Hillier made her fiction debut with Creep. Originally from Canada, she spent almost five years in the beautiful Pacific Northwest before returning to her hometown of Toronto, Canada. You can find her online at

My Thoughts
After reading Jennifer Hillier's other two books (Creep, Freak), I was excited to dig into this latest one.  It starts out with a man being shot down, presumably because he is the Butcher.  Then the story moves to the future and we learn about the other characters.  Matt, who has a temper and is very self-centered and his girlfriend, Sam, have been together for three years, but it doesn't seem to be going anywhere, especially after he inherits his grandfather's house when he moves into an assisted living facility.

After Matt finds a plastic case while having a deck installed, things go really wrong.  After opening it, he finds out who the Butcher really is and that he is still alive and may be killing more people.  Several things happen after this, changing Matt's life forever and also putting his girlfriends life in danger.  The twist at the end was pretty good too!  I Rated This Book:  4/5 Stars ****

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